The Story of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel Page: 6
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'Buffalo 'Bayou and Houston Ship Channel, 1820-1926
Many other names could be quite appropriately recorded
but I have only mentioned those whose services
have especially impressed me because of the frequency,
duration and importance of the parts they played.
The newspapers, too, have played a particularly useful
part because, it is to be remembered, that within
the past sixteen years the taxpayers of Houston and
Harris County have voted public funds to the amount of
nearly eleven millions of dollars for the improvement
of the waterway and rail and water terminal facilities,
and it was through the newspapers only that public
opinion could have been crystallized and harmonized to
such an extraordinary extent. This, indeed, is, perhaps,
unprecedented in American communities when it is remembered
that the population of Harris County in 1910
was only 115,693, of whom 30,950 were negroes.
The support given to the waterway in its initial stage
by the Cotton Exporters has indeed been of inestimable
value and in the construction of privately owned deep
water cotton Terminals, Anderson, Clayton & Company
was the pioneer closely followed by the Alex. Sprunt &
The oil Refineries soon recognized the importance of
the waterway and they, too, have contributed in a most
important and impressive way to make the Ship Channel
of National importance.
R. M. FARRAR.
November 15th, 1926.
.avigating Buffalo Bayou il Early TDay.s
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Farrar, R. M. The Story of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel, book, 1926; Houston, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46820/m1/8/: accessed September 23, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .